Future electronic systems, including those for communication, sensor, imaging, and advanced medical applications, will face substantially increasing demands and challenges. Example of these are shortage in spectrum/speed, and energy availability, and the pressing needs in packaging with advanced miniaturization and form-factor solutions.
Nanotechnology is expected to be an enabling technology for many of the new electronic devices and circuits that these systems will require. Only through new nanoelectronic devices based on novel materials and nanotechnology we will be able to curb the announce end of Moore’s law and respond adequately to the on going challenges : « Beyond Moore » and « More than Moore ».
Nanoelectronics influences the development of semiconductor electronics, yielding not only higher integration densities but also substantially improved radiofrequency (RF) properties. In addition, novel nanoelectronic materials and devices, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and more in general the low-dimensional materail (2D Crystal), spin-flip electronic devices, nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) and superconducting quantum interference devices, are expected to add new functionalities to future systems on a medium-term timescale. These developments are not only based on new technologies and materials, but also on novel physics and theoretical concepts, requiring multiphysics simulation integrating novel transport effects, electromagnetics and quantum mechanics.
Since many nanoelectronic devices exhibit interesting properties at radio frequencies (defined broadly here up into the optical frequency range), nanolectronics offers both an enormous opportunity and enormous challenges for the microwave engineering community. It will be necessary to utilize the strong theoretical, modeling and metrology foundations of microwave engineering, with the aim of bridging the gap between nano-science and a new generation of extremely integrated and multifunctional devices, circuits and systems.
The main goal of the Technical Committee, MTT-25 is to provide an appropriate venue to review and foster innovation in the topics of nanoelectronics that are of most interest for the MTT community, in particular by evaluating their impact on the future development of microwave/RF technology.
This work includes the demonstration of new materials and device concepts, the investigation of quantum transport properties and electrodynamics phenomena, and the development of advanced computational and characterization techniques dedicated to concurrent multi-physics modeling. This must cover the various computational domains with the rigor and accuracy needed for reliable predictive analysis. Moreover this also encompasses the use of metrology and processing techniques to accurately grow, assemble, position, contact and characterize novel nanostructures over a broad range of currents, voltages, energies and frequencies. Advanced optical sensing and imaging systems must also be accounted for.
An important goal of MTT-25 is also to foster the transition of all these developments from the research labs to the relevant industrial environment.
The MTT-25 Committee Web is structure so to cover: goal and mission, members biography, and ongoing initiatives. This web page hoster by the MTT.org portal aims to enhance the interaction between members and RF-nanotechnology stakeholder at large.
The Committee speaker’s bureau and an open interactive forum are intended to promote and foster an exchange of information and knowledge among its members the entire MTT-S and beyond.
The Committee is well positioned also explore the development of national/international projects in the area of Microwave/RF Nanotechnology.
Finally, the Committee represent the MTT-25 community in other IEEE or even non-IEEE nanotechnology committees with the purpose of enhancing collaboration and cross-fertilization, between different community community. Noteworthy on this regard is the ongoing synergy established in the past years, with the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) which nominated MTT-25 members to take part of their highest coordination group (e.g. MTT voting member of the NTC Adcom) and furthermore help to coordinate initiatives in their initiative (DML nomination and participation to the NCL flagship conference “NANO”).
Main MTT-25 Committee activities:
- Provide technical articles in MTT publications;
- Promote and sponsor special issues of MTT-S publications (T-MTT, MWCL, Microwave Magazine);
- Promote, endorse, organize and review proposals at the annual IMS: workshops, focused, special and panel sessions, tutorials;
- Support regional and other technical meetings;
- Collaborate with other Technical Committees of the MTT Society, as well as with Technical Program Committees of international and national conferences of interest to the MTT Society and its members (e.g. EUMW and APMC).
- Advice the MTT and IEEE leadership on issues related to RF nanotechnology
Other initiatives planned by the MTT-25:
- Creation of a topical annual meeting (crossover between chemists- physicists and engineers), to be held in EU-US-ASIA;
- Activation to International Training Programs (sponsored by IEEE and co-funded by public/private bodies – e.g. in Europe the FP7 Marie Curie Action). These programs could be assimilated to the ongoing web based program endorsed by MTT.